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Few days ago, I got a message from my Boss, the Chairman Fogmmon Aks, Pastor Bobby Friga asking me if I’m less busy, I should meet him at Food Affairs, Ikot Ekpene Road, Uyo and when I reached the place, I saw lots of youths with tag numbers and when I enquired about what was happening, I was told that an auditioning was about to commence there.

It was a great time watching young and upcoming Singers coming to be auditioned for the N500,000.00 cash price as we witness the both sides of the fun, Good and Bad.

While sitting down there, I had some observations and here are the 5 of them:

1. RISK OF DOING SELF COMPOSED IN AUDITIONING
Going for an interview that English is used but you are speaking Spanish can be so disastrous as you stand a chance of not being understood and that equals to the reality of you not being hired because you don’t have a common ground to communicate what you know to your employers
Same applies when you sing your self composed during auditioning because the judges are foreign to what you do and they may not know what to use in judging.

I know you will argue that your song is good but in Art what you offer must first be recognized and appreciated before you are judged.

It is advisable to always be on the same lane with your judges by singing what they know so that judging you won’t be a hard task for them.

2. ANNANG DOMINANCE IN ART
During the Auditioning, I bursted out when I realised that 90% of the contestants that are of Akwa Ibom origin were from the Annang Speaking Local Government Area.
I earlier mentioned in that post that 80% of the Lectures in my Department are of the Annang origin.

It could be recalled that Chief Uko Akpan who is a Mastero in you Indigenous Folk Music is of the Annang origin and the University of Uyo Honoured him with a Doctorate Degree in Music years ago to appreciate him for contributing to the sustainability of the Akwa Ibom Indigenous Folk Music.

He is the first person to ever back such Award and that can further justify the claim that the Annangs are good in Art.

3. THE BEST VOICES DO NOT PARTICIPATE:
In as much as those that were auditioned were good but I know that there are others didn’t show up of which I know are good in what they do.
Even in other competitions and auditioning, the best voices always shy away from such.
This is not really healthy for the development of our Industry.

4. NEED FOR TRAINING OF THE COMING GENERATIONS:
With proper MENTORSHIP and Trainings, those that didn’t do well but we’re passionate and bold enough to come for the auditioning could be trained, groomed into better and great singers.

5. NEED FOR COLLABORATIONS:
After the auditioning, I had a chat with one of the organizers who was impressed with what E. I. M have been doing. We talked at length and lots of resolutions were made as to how we can build and grow the Gospel Art in the city.

Finally, it was a great time and lots of New potentials were discovered.
E. I. M wishes those that will make it to the next round a successful sail and also urges some pointed out errors to be corrected.

Below were the Judges at the Audition:
Bobby Friga, Najite and Pastor Murphy

E. I. M 2018©

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